Everyone has their favorite weird food combinations. That dish or snack you eat in private, or tell your friends about and have to immediately follow up with an overly enthusiastic, “No, I swear, it’s so delicious!” It might be apple slices dipped in ranch dressing or peanut butter and kimchi sandwiches. I know how it sounds and I totally understand. But I’m here to propose a new entry for this pantheon of strangely delightful dishes: Pancakes with fried eggs and tortellini. Allow me to explain.
A few weeks ago, I came back from a two-week white water rafting adventure down the Grand Canyon with my family: 200+ miles of pure wilderness, desert heat, waterfalls, epic rapids, incredible hikes, and Milky Way–filled nights. Our head guide, Robby, cooked his favorite dish for us two nights while we were on the river—cheese tortellini in a rich tomato sauce with sausage and sauteed string beans. After 110°F+ heat, 48°F water, and a constant surge of adrenaline, this kind of hearty, comforting dinner was extremely welcome. Being a wise man, Robby always made way too much tortellini because he knew it made an excellent breakfast, too.
The first time I saw Robby pile his pancakes with leftover tortellini, and top it with two fried eggs, I politely demurred and I even judged the poor guy. But as I watched him tuck into his breakfast and the luscious egg yolks drip down the tortellini and sausage onto a perfectly fluffy, melted-buttery pancake, I found myself licking my lips and feeling, well, how I imagine my dog feels when he watches me eat. I didn’t make the same mistake the second time around, and not only did I not regret it, I’d say it’s my new favorite breakfast….
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